The Cayman Islands Folk Singers will be holding auditions for new members this week.
The group is inviting anyone over 16 who loves singing or playing an instrument to show up at audition at the Harquail Theatre on Tuesday evening, 6-8 p.m.
Singers are asked to prepare a short song of any genre, to be sung a cappella.
Organizers say the vocal audition criteria required are: vocal tone and ability to blend with other voices; ability to match pitch; ability to echo rhythms; and expression and enthusiasm.
Instrumentalists who wish to audition are asked to bring along their own instrument and to prepare a short performance to be played without other accompaniment. Caribbean style is preferred but not mandatory. Instrumental criteria will vary depending on instrument, but will include: instrument tone; ability to echo rhythms and keep consistent tempo; and confidence and expression. The organizers said ability to play by ear and/or read music/chord symbols is a plus.
The folk singers usually practice together for 90 minutes and perform once or twice a month.
The Cayman Islands Folk Singers was formed in 2009 by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation with the purpose of preserving and celebrating Cayman’s musical traditions. Among its repertoire are several songs by Cayman’s own “Aunt” Julia Hydes, as well as songs from around the Caribbean region.
For more information on the auditions, call 949-5477 or 939-7513, email [email protected], or visit www.artscayman.org/folk-singers.